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Events

  • 2011 – War in Afghanistan: A United States military helicopter is shot down, killing 30 American special forces members and a working dog, 7 Afghan soldiers, and 1 Afghan civilian. It was the deadliest single event for the United States in the War in Afghanistan.
  • 1991 – Takako Doi, chair of the Social Democratic Party, becomes Japan's first female speaker of the House of Representatives.
  • 1960 – Cuban Revolution: Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.
  • 1956 – After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena in New York in the Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena series.
  • 1945 – World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.
  • 1942 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the United States Congress.
  • 1926 – Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
  • 1914 – World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic: Two days after the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany over the German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their base in Heligoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.
  • 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering catastrophic engine failure near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 1819 – Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.
  • 1787 – Sixty proof sheets of the Constitution of the United States are delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: The bloody Battle of Oriskany prevents American relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix.
  • 1538 – Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.

Births

  • 1985 – Garrett Weber-Gale, American swimmer
  • 1983 – C. J. Mosley, American football player
  • 1980 – Seneca Wallace, American football player
  • 1979 – Travis Reed, American basketball player
  • 1978 – Marvel Smith, American football player
  • 1976 – Melissa George, Australian-American actress
  • 1976 – Soleil Moon Frye, American actress and producer
  • 1974 – Alvin Williams, American basketball player and coach
  • 1973 – Max Kellerman, American sportscaster and radio host
  • 1973 – Vera Farmiga, American actress
  • 1972 – Paolo Bacigalupi, American author
  • 1972 – Ray Lucas, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Elliott Smith, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)
  • 1967 – Mike Greenberg, American journalist and sportscaster
  • 1965 – David Robinson, American basketball player and lieutenant
  • 1963 – Kevin Mitnick, American computer hacker and author
  • 1960 – Dale Ellis, American basketball player
  • 1958 – Randy DeBarge, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1957 – Bob Horner, American baseball player
  • 1957 – Jim McGreevey, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New Jersey
  • 1952 – Pat MacDonald, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951 – Catherine Hicks, American actress
  • 1950 – Dorian Harewood, American actor
  • 1949 – Clarence Richard Silva, American bishop
  • 1949 – Richard Prince, American painter and photographer
  • 1943 – Jon Postel, American computer scientist and academic (d. 1998)
  • 1942 – Byard Lancaster, American saxophonist and flute player (d. 2012)
  • 1941 – Ray Culp, American baseball player
  • 1940 – Louise Sorel, American actress
  • 1938 – Bert Yancey, American golfer (d. 1994)
  • 1938 – Paul Bartel, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1938 – Peter Bonerz, American actor and director
  • 1937 – Charlie Haden, American bassist and composer (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – Piers Anthony, English-American soldier and author
  • 1931 – Chalmers Johnson, American scholar and author (d. 2010)
  • 1930 – Abbey Lincoln, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2010)
  • 1928 – Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer (d. 1987)
  • 1928 – Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1926 – Clem Labine, American baseball player and manager (d. 2007)
  • 1926 – Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1924 – Samuel Bowers, American activist, co-founded the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (d. 2006)
  • 1923 – Jess Collins, American painter (d. 2004)
  • 1922 – Dan Walker, American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1922 – Freddie Laker, English businessman, founded Laker Airways (d. 2006)
  • 1920 – Ella Raines, American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1920 – John Graves, American author (d. 2013)
  • 1920 – Selma Diamond, Canadian-American actress and screenwriter (d. 1985)
  • 1919 – Pauline Betz, American tennis player (d. 2011)
  • 1918 – Norman Granz, American-Swiss record producer and manager (d. 2001)
  • 1917 – Barbara Cooney, American author and illustrator (d. 2000)
  • 1917 – Robert Mitchum, American actor (d. 1997)
  • 1916 – Richard Hofstadter, American historian and academic (d. 1970)
  • 1912 – Richard C. Miller, American photographer (d. 2010)
  • 1911 – Lucille Ball, American actress, television producer and businesswoman (d. 1989)
  • 1908 – Helen Jacobs, American tennis player and commander (d. 1997)
  • 1906 – Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (d. 1984)
  • 1904 – Henry Iba, American basketball player and coach (d. 1993)
  • 1902 – Dutch Schultz, American gangster (d. 1935)
  • 1900 – Cecil Howard Green, English-American geophysicist and businessman, co-founded Texas Instruments (d. 2003)
  • 1893 – Wright Patman, American lieutenant and politician (d. 1976)
  • 1892 – Hoot Gibson, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1962)
  • 1889 – George Kenney, Canadian-American general (d. 1977)
  • 1886 – Edward Ballantine, American composer and academic (d. 1971)
  • 1883 – Scott Nearing, American economist and educator (d. 1983)
  • 1881 – Leo Carrillo, American actor (d. 1961)
  • 1881 – Louella Parsons, American journalist (d. 1972)
  • 1877 – Wallace H. White, Jr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1952)
  • 1874 – Charles Fort, American author (d. 1932)
  • 1846 – Anna Haining Bates, Canadian-American giant (d. 1888)
  • 1609 – Richard Bennett, English-American politician, Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1675)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Darren Daulton, American baseball player (b. 1962)
  • 2015 – Frederick R. Payne, Jr., American general and pilot (b. 1911)
  • 2015 – Ray Hill, American football player (b. 1975)
  • 2014 – John Woodland Hastings, American biochemist and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – Jeremy Geidt, English-American actor and educator (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Jerry Wolman, American businessman (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – Mava Lee Thomas, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Stan Lynde, American author and illustrator (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Dan Roundfield, American basketball player (b. 1953)
  • 2012 – Mark O'Donnell, American playwright (b. 1954)
  • 2012 – Marvin Hamlisch, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1944)
  • 2012 – Richard Cragun, American-Brazilian ballet dancer and choreographer (b. 1944)
  • 2012 – Robert Hughes, Australian-American author and critic (b. 1938)
  • 2012 – Ruggiero Ricci, American violinist and educator (b. 1918)
  • 2009 – John Hughes, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1950)
  • 2009 – Willy DeVille, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1950)
  • 2004 – Donald Justice, American poet and academic (b. 1925)
  • 2004 – Rick James, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1948)
  • 2003 – Julius Baker, American flute player and educator (b. 1915)
  • 1998 – André Weil, French-American mathematician and academic (b. 1906)
  • 1993 – Tex Hughson, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • 1991 – Harry Reasoner, American journalist, co-created 60 Minutes (b. 1923)
  • 1987 – Ira C. Eaker, American general (b. 1896)
  • 1978 – Edward Durell Stone, American architect, designed Radio City Music Hall and the Kennedy Center (b. 1902)
  • 1976 – Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian-American cellist and educator (b. 1903)
  • 1959 – Preston Sturges, American director, screenwriter, and playwright (b. 1898)
  • 1946 – Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player and coach (b. 1903)
  • 1945 – Hiram Johnson, American lawyer and politician, 23rd Governor of California (b. 1866)
  • 1945 – Richard Bong, American soldier and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1920)
  • 1931 – Bix Beiderbecke, American cornet player, pianist, and composer (b. 1903)
  • 1881 – James Springer White, American religious leader, co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church (b. 1821)
  • 1815 – James A. Bayard, American lawyer and politician (b. 1767)
  • 1679 – John Snell, Scottish-English soldier and philanthropist, founded the Snell Exhibition (b. 1629)
  • 1221 – Saint Dominic, Spanish priest, founded the Dominican Order (b. 1170)
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